Router Bit Basics

We receive questions about router bits and their use. Here are some recommendations:

  • Router bits with 1/4 inch shanks should be inserted into the chuck 5/8 of an inch (by engineering standards).
  • Always cut against the rotation of the bit. This is why we recommend cutting from right to left.
  • Buy router bits with longer, not shorter shanks. 1 1/4 inch long shanks are good.
  • Down-cut router bits leave cleaner cuts than up-cut router bits.
  • Better to make initial shallow cuts, then deepen gradually.
  • You can't make clean cuts with dull bits.
  • A set of six carbide router bits, commonly used cutting flutes, is available on this website.